Over 70% of Form One have already reported to school

Education CS Ezekiel Machogu. He has said over 70% of Form One students have reported to their schools.

Over 70% percent of 2024 Form One students placed in secondary schools have already reported ready to begin their new education journey, Cabinet Secretary (CS) Ezekiel Machogu has said.

The Form One reporting date was February 15, 2024.

Speaking during the 2024 KCB Foundation scholarship flag-off ceremony in Karen, Nairobi, the CS said the government will make every effort to ensure all the 1,400,329 KCPE candidates report to their schools.

He added that the Ministry of Interior and National Administration will comb all homes to realize the 100 per cent transition.

Machogu pointed out that the government upholds its commitment to providing Free Day Secondary Education (FDSE) grants per learner, which includes allocations for tuition and operational expenses.

He maintained that the boarding fees charged in public secondary schools will remain unchanged in 2024, even as schools continue to receive funds based on accurate enrollment data submitted by principals through the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS).

The CS urged principals and Boards of Management (BoMs) to prudently use the funds for their intended purposes.

“This strategic utilization will not only propel the country towards achieving a 100 per cent transition but also contribute to the enhancement of the learning environment, ensuring the realization of the fundamental right to education,” the CS said.

KCB Foundation awarded 1,000 learners scholarships following a rigorous process of vetting and selection. So far, 4657 learners have been funded under the KCB programme.

Machogu said the 1,000 scholarships will go a long way to boost the 100 per cent transition since the government wants all the candidates to join Form One as there is no room to repeat Standard 8.

Ministry of Education, through The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) and Equity Group Foundation, has awarded 9,000 Elimu Scholarships in all 47 counties to needy and vulnerable learners who attained 280 marks and above.

For affirmative action, candidates with special needs and disabilities who attained below 280 marks were eligible.  Learners from vulnerable and marginalized groups with 250 marks and above were also eligible.

By Obegi Malack

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